"Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge" by Spencer Quinn: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

When the phone rings in the middle of the night and the connection is bad, it’s never a good sign. When it sounds like your grandson and he is in trouble, of course, you’ll do all you can to help. And when you check your bank balance the next day and find it’s zero, ditto for all your investments, you’ve been scammed. 

Loretta Plansky is just getting used to retirement. She’s trying to take care of her 98-year-old dad, and he’s not the best of nursing home residents. Her daughter has taken up with yet another guy, and the pair have an idea to make loads of money, if only they had the initial investment. It’s not a small amount. Her son is going into business with partners and needs to buy in, so she can help him with that, right?

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She could have—until that phone call.

The FBI says the call originated in Romania, but the odds of finding the scammers is slim and finding her money, non-existent. She’s not in the mood, or the right age category, to go back to work. She refuses to let her kids know what happened. Is there anything she can do? She can scrape together enough money to go to Romania and find the scammers and her money herself.

I like Loretta. She’s sometimes forgetful, worries about her adult children, plays a vigorous game of tennis, and is one determined lady. Her father is a mess—demanding of her and the nursing home staff, always cranky, and obviously unhappy. To resolve his unhappiness, get her kids to realize she’s not a human ATM, and to track down experienced scammers, Loretta is facing huge challenges—will she be up for it? I say yes! 

Spencer Quinn is the pen name of Peter Abrahams. As Quinn, he writes the popular Chet and Bernie series (13 so far with Up on the Woof Top out in October. Available for pre-order in Kindle, audio, and hardcover now). As Abrahams, he’s written 17 books, plus a handful of young adult titles.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. I hate to hear of oldsters being scammed.
    Being one myself, I'm constantly on guard.
    Sounds like a good read. thanks

  2. Something that happens far too often. Count me in!

  3. I've already read Mrs. Plansky's Revenge and really enjoyed it. I loved Mrs. Plansky and really liked the ending, Such a great read.

  4. Sounds like a really great book. Looking forward to reading it.

  5. Thanks for the opportunity! tWarner419@aol.com

  6. dlcnason1@msn.com
    This is a character that I can relate to! Thank you for the contest!

  7. Would love to win! Usersns8800@aol.com

  8. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham

  9. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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